Tag: Blogging

Thank You!

This blog reached 2000 followers today so I just wanted to thank everyone who follows 🙂 You’re all awesome and amazing and I love you!!!

I’m so happy to have found so many amazing people who love books and reading as much as I do through this blog and Instagram (#bookstagram 😉 ).

Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

Expressing your gratitude at work can make you a more effective leader. Lead with gratitude.
source: pinterest

Image result for simini blocker

Howlin Books is becoming Elaine Howlin

YouTube Channel Art Elaine Howlin HowlinBooks book blog

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned in my last chat post, I’m rebranding my blog and the changes will be happening over the next few days. I’m going from Howlin Books to Elaine Howlin which is simply my name. The reason I’m doing this is that I want to start branching out with my content. I have a keen interest in cooking and crafting and would like to start incorporating those in my posts. I will probably begin by reviewing and trialling books on these topics to ease the transition.

Howlin Books YouTube BookTube channel

My YouTube channel will remain Howlin Books and continue to focus on literature but I will be launching a second channel that focuses on all of the above topics under Elaine Howlin in the coming weeks.

I’ve been so torn about what to do with my YouTube channel. I would like to keep it book focused but two channels sound like a lot of work to maintain. I may change it to Elaine Howlin Books…..or does that sound way too silly?….

Anyway, expect to see more variety in this blog over the next few weeks and a new design. I’m going for earth tones and a vintage feel in the future.

I hope you enjoy the new content when it comes out 🙂 Thank you for your interest in what I’ve been doing so far and if you’re new here, thanks for following!

Chat again soon!

Chit Chat: Blog Rebranding | Florida Trip

Hi everyone!

My husband and I are in Florida for the next 10 days. As you read this I am probably running around Disney World like a child hopped up on too much sugar. I have been so excited about this trip mostly because of the Harry Potter attractions in Universal. We’re also spending a few days in Jacksonville. My husband is a big fan of American football and his team is the Jaguars so he’s established a few friendships there over Twitter.

Image result for disney world gif

We’re also going to to see Infinity Wars while there. I am so freaking excited to watch that freaking movie!!!!!!! Every time I watch the trailer I swear I get goosebumps!

Image result for infinity wars gif

In blog-related news, I am going to be rebranding this blog, my YouTube and social media accounts over the next few weeks. All that’s happening is that I am changing the name Howlin Books to my actual name Elaine Howlin. I’m doing this because I want to branch out more with the type of content I post. I want to include more posts relating to food, cookbooks, and crafting. Essentially the blog will become more of a hobbyist page than specifically about books.

Elaine Howlin blog

That’s all the news I have for now. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading 🙂

Talk soon, everyone!!

Social Media Icon Facebook howlin booksSocial Media Icon Instagram howlin booksSocial Media Icon PinterestSocial Media Icon Twitter howlin booksSocial Media Icon YouTube howlin books

Newsletter Sign UpJoin the Howlin Books mailing list and get updates on book reviews, articles, events and videos. Sign up here

Reading Vlog 1 | Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows | Mushroom Risotto


Hello people!
Welcome to the first video in my reading vlog series. Today I’m listening to Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. In my next vlog, I’ll have my thoughts on the book and more.

Buy me a coffee with Ko-fi

Social Media Links

howlinbooks1 instagram elainemirl snapchat link  elaine howlin twitterelaine howlin goodreadshowlin books youtubehowlin books tumblr

Recipe and Review

Hi everyone, welcome to the first post in my new series, Recipe and Review. The title is pretty self-explanatory, I’m going to be sharing a recipe and a book review in the same post. My goal is to have them relate to each other in some way. It might be something I cooked while I was reading the book, or a dish that the characters made or something that the book made me think of. For my first post, I’m doing hummus and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire because they’re both quick. Hummus is quick to make, Every Heart a Doorway is a quick read.


Basic Hummus recipe

I love hummus. It is so delicious and can be used as a dip or as a spread on sandwiches. It’s especially good in a falafel wrap. It’s really easy to get but there’s a big difference in taste between homemade and shop-bought. Making your own hummus is kinder to your purse, you get more of it and it’s quick and easy to make. It’s also super tasty and easy to spice up with any flavour you want.

What you need…..

What You Need

  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • a blender (or you could try mashing it up with a potato masher)

Fling everything into the blender and blend the crap out of it. Add more liquid if you think it’s too thick. Transfer it all to a jar or container and pop it into the fridge until chilled. Spread it on crackers, wraps or bread or use as a dip for some veggie sticks.



Every Heart a Doorway book photography bookstagram young adult book

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

25526296Title: Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy Young Adult
Series: Wayward Children #1
Goodreads Rating: 3.87/5
Synopsis: Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No QuestsChildren have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯ 
What I thought about the book: I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. I’m not a really a YA fan so I love getting surprised like this.
First time I ever read a book with an asexual character as well which was interesting.
I was afraid it was going to be really similar to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but the only similarity is that there’s a home for unusual children run by a woman.
Each subsequent book seems to follow a different character that was introduced in this one (although I don’t know that for sure yet cause there are only 2 books out so far. Book 3 is out this month).
✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯     ✯
My Rating: 4 paws

Get the book from Book Depository with free worldwide shipping.

Please let me know what you think of this kind of post. Since I’m just trying it out for the first time your feedback will really help me. Thanks for reading 🙂

Let’s be friends!

howlinbooks1 instagram elainemirl snapchat link  elaine howlin twitterelaine howlin goodreadshowlin books youtubehowlin books tumblr